Kingston BA Architecture students recently returned from a collaborative and participative workshop at the Ecole d’Architecture Casablanca (EAC) in Morocco.
Mixed teams of students from the EAC and Kingston University surveyed early modern housing estates in Casablanca that over time have been adapted by their inhabitants.
The workshop was organized around the theme “Atlas of Negotiated Typologies,” and led by Christoph Lueder, Almudena Cano, Alexandru Malaescu and Iulia Fratila of Kingston University, in collaboration with Lahbib El Moumni, J. Benchemsi, A. Kassou and B. Bouzoubaa of EAC.
Methods of investigation included interviews with inhabitants and mapping of public, communal, semi-private and private spaces. The cooperation will continue over the academic year with proposals for inclusive and participatory development scenarios for Cosumar, a workers settlement planned by the French architect Edmond Brion in 1931 that has since been appropriated and imaginatively transformed by a tight-knit community.
The community currently is resisting plans for imminent demolition and an organization of residents has asked for assistance in conceiving alternative scenarios.